Israel - Palestine discussion thread

I agree with the statement that this is unacceptable - and yet at least 50% of that unacceptability lies with Hamas' decision to hide hostages behind the human shield of the Gazan population, which as mentioned above, is well documented.
I get where you're going with this, but Israel holds captive Palestinians also and to my knowledge they're held in Israeli civilian prisons. It appears that this idea of holding hostages in places that would create significant non-military collateral damage to attack is just standard practice for everyone in the area.

It's gross and wrong, but it's at least consistent behaviour from both sides. You could argue the scale of one side over the other just like you could argue the scale of civilian murders from one side over the other, but the general behaviour seems to be something that both sides are willing to use and therefore implicitly accept from their enemies also.